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PIED5210M Africa in the Contemporary World

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Jorg Wiegratz

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Module summary to follow.


On completion of this module, students will be able to:
(1) analyse the relations between the state, politics and development strategies in Africa since independence;
(2) compare the different development paths pursued within Africa and contrast these with other patterns elsewhere in the developing world;
(3) analyse the key structures and processes, both domestic and international, which have shaped the development agenda in Africa since independence;
(4) evaluate and apply alternative theoretical models relevant to understanding and explaining the course of African development; and
(5) assess competing contemporary prescriptions for the future development of Africa within the international system.


Africa in the Contemporary World will cover the following topics:
(1) The Idea of Progress in Modern Africa
(2) Colonial Transformation
(3) The Struggle for Independence
(4) Authority and Legitimation Post-Independence
(5) Democracy and Civil Society
(6) Conflict and Identity
(7) Rural-Urban Cleavages
(8) Social Movements;
(9) African and Sustainable Development
(10) A Future for African Development?

The module will adopt an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of African development and will be particularly concerned to examine the interaction of economic and political factors, the role of domestic and international constraints, the relations between theory and policy and the contemporary debate about the future of African development.

Considerable emphasis will be given to concrete case-study material in studying these features.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be required to prepare for discussions in seminars through extensive reading of sources listed on the module reading list. In addition to this, students should spend time preparing for their assessments which should include finding and using sources not listed on their reading list.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 4,000 Word Research Report100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 11:55:12


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